If those of you in the Northeast U.S. are looking for stuff to do this weekend while stuck inside, why not get caught up with the latest Reject Recap? The rest of you around the world, just pretend you’re also snowed in and do the same. It was a crazy week of rumors and rumors and rumors and I think there was actually an official news release in there somewhere. Between Star Wars, the Avengers franchise, the possible Justice League franchise, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and — okay, anything that’s trying to steal the Avengers model — the Internet is in a blizzard of its own, that of buzz and speculation, which won’t stop for at least a few years. We can’t even cover it all here, so the Recap is not just a place for our own best stories; we’ve got links to other sites, too.
Now, check out the biggest and best stories and original content from the past week, from FSR and our friends around the web:
First came rumor about a Yoda spin-off, which Jack questioned the desire for. Then there was an official confirmation from Disney that one-shot Star Wars films but no reveal of specifics. Next came the rumor of the most logical characters to go solo: the appropriately named Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett. And Kate got a little too excited (didn’t we all?): “Also of note? These films would mean that Darth Vader would get to come back as a villain, and even Jabba the Hutt could come slide in for more. I’ve passed out now.”
More on Star Wars:
Yoda, Solo or Fett: What Star Wars Character Deserves a Movie?
Broken Projector Podcast: Should Han Shoot First?
6 Filmmaking Tips From Lawrence Kasdan
As the solo spin-off films already tell us, Star Wars Episode VII is already old news. Even J.J. Abrams is already talking about another big project of his: adaptations of video games Portal and Half-Life. Between this and the announcement Duncan Jones is doing a World of Warcraft film, there’s hope for video games on the big screen. Nathan, believing Abrams “gets it,” still responded with a level head: “Could this be it? In the coming years, are we finally going to see a rash of video game movies hitting theaters that aren’t complete embarrassments? Might this trend get so big that video game movies become the next comic book movie? Okay, okay, you’re right, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before anything, let’s cross our fingers for that one big success that’s needed to get the ball rolling.”
Out of nowhere, the sixth Fast and the Furious movie became the most anticipated blockbuster of this summer. All it took was an explosive Super Bowl spot with tanks and planes and cars shooting out of plans to wow the world. And the full trailer that landed soon after kept the heat on the sequel. Kate summed up all we need to know: “The newest (long-form) trailer from the summer release, which sees the crew heading to Europe for whocaresgiveusmorecarplaneadventures…”
More on the Super Bowl trailers:
The Best and Worst Super Bowl Movie Trailers
Marvel’s Mighty Misstep: ‘Iron Man 3′ Super Bowl Trailer Disappoints
More rumors! Further news about The Avengers franchise includes unofficial word that the Hulk will be taking on a bad guy role following The Avengers 2. Scott responded: “It would be an incredibly gutsy place to take the character — especially one who failed to gain traction after two films. Granted, he was a standout in Avengers, but his contribution was as awesome comic relief. It’s not a guarantee that his ability to slam someone on the ground like a ragdoll for a few moments will translate into sole story success.” … “Details aside, it all sounds massive and amazing. It’s refreshing to know that the studio (if this is all accurate) is still keeping on its toes despite the laurels.”
More on The Avengers franchise (and its copycats):
Chris Pratt to Star in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Because Marvel Loves Us
Could This Be the Cinematic End of Our Heroes in ‘The Justice League’?
Did Marc Webb Just Reveal Venom in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’? (Movies.com)
Why Venom Absolutely Won’t Be In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Cinema Blend)
Sure, it’s nice to let a project stay wrapped in secrecy, but with something like Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof‘s Tomorrowland (aka “1952”) there is fun to be had in trying to put things together. And with the filmmakers handing out clues and puzzle pieces, we’re obviously meant to play detective. Disney expert and blogger Jim Hill is doing just that and has unleashed a solution: it’s about U.F.O.s, though as Lindelof admitted, not aliens. Hill wrote: “Based on the evidence in this photograph as well as info that has previously leaked out about this Brad Bird / Damon Lindelof project, I believe that “Tomorrowland” has something to do with Project Blue Book, the program that the U.S. Air Force launched in late 1952 / early 1953 for the investigation of unidentified flying objects.” [via AICN]